Board of Recommendation

Prof. Dr. I.W.C.E. Arends

Head of the Department Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology

Prof. Isabel Arends is heading the department of Biotechnology, at the Technical University Delft. She received her PhD in physical organic chemistry in 1993 from the University of Leiden. Since 2007 Arends is professor in biocatalysis and organic chemistry at the TU Delft, where she focuses on the development of enzymes as biocatalysts. She has supervised over 20 PhDs and authored over 150 publications. She is also vice-chair of the Domain Technical and Applied Sciences of NWO.

Mrs. J.M. van Bijsterveldt

Mayor of Delft

Marja van Bijsterveldt started her career as a nurse. She developed an interest for governance and, at a young age, became a member of the city council of Almere. After working as an alderman there, she was appointed mayor of Schipluiden. She was the State Secretary and the Minister of Education, Culture and Science. For a few years, she was the CEO of the Ronald McDonald Kinderfonds, the Dutch branch of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Since last year, she is the proud mayor of Delft.


Prof. Dr. J. Brouwer

Former Scientific Director Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University

Jaap Brouwer is professor in Molecular Genetics at the University of Leiden. His research interest is in the organization and maintenance of the genome. Special emphasis in this research is on the mechanisms of DNA repair. He also was the scientific director of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry of the Faculty of Science until 2017.


Dr. R.T. Dame

Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University

Remus Dame is associate professor of biochemistry. His research is focused on the structural organisation of genomes in bacteria and archaea with an aim to identify ‘universal principles’. Specifically, current studies in his group address the interplay between genome organisation, gene activity and the cell’s environment, and the evolution of histones. Apart from conventional biochemical approaches, his group employs single-molecule techniques in vitro and in vivo to define the working mechanisms of chromatin proteins in isolation and in their life context.

Prof. Dr. A. Hagenbeek

Professor of Hematology, Department of Hematology, Academical Medical Centre Amsterdam

Professor Anton Hagenbeek received his M.D. degree from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He was trained in experimental hematology in the Radiobiological Institute T.N.O. in Rijswijk where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1977 and was, after training in internal medicine / hematology in Rotterdam, a fellow in hematology at U.C.L.A. In 1997, he was appointed Professor of Hematology at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. Since 2006 he holds a joined appointment as Professor of Hematology in the Department of Hematology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


drs. H.J.J. Lenferink

Mayor of Leiden

Henri Lenferink has been mayor of Leiden since 2003. In 1984 he received his Master of Arts in history from Radboud University Nijmegen. In 1986 he became member of the city counsel of Arnhem, where he also became  alderman of i.a. housing and finance.  Before this period he became member of the PvdA.


Prof. Ir. K.C.A.M. Luyben

Rector Magnificus, Delft University of Technology

Professor Karel Luyben has been Rector Magnificus of the TU Delft since 2010. He holds a MSc in Physical Technology from Eindhoven University. As a Process Engineering researcher at Wageningen University he focused on transport phenomena in drying materials (desorption) and active carbon (adsorption). In 1983 he was appointed Professor in Biochemical Engineering at TU Delft and in 1984 he was elected president of the joint venture ‘Biotechnology Delft Leiden’ (BDL). He was Scientific Director of the Graduate School ‘Biotechnological Sciences Delft Leiden’ (BSDL) from its foundation in 1993 up until 1998. Between 1998  and 2009 he was Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

Prof. Dr. M.H.M. Noteborn

Programme Director Life Science & Technology, Leiden University & Delft University of Technology

Fascinated by the cell-biological structures, I got in touch with the molecular biology. I had the privilege to search for fundamental processes like splicing and molecular cell-virus interactions. Apoptose and the consequences of the disruption this process has on the development of cancer has dominated my research for years. Applied research in possible anti-cancer therapies had been a logical follow-up and brought me in contact with the pharmaceutical industry. Since 2005 I am the head of education for Life Science & Technology. I am often found in the lecture halls as teacher where I teach the students subjects as Cell biology and Molecular Genetics.

Prof. Dr. H.S. Overkleeft

Scientific Director Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University

Herman Overkleeft (12-04-1969) studied chemistry at the University of Amsterdam, where he received his PhD degree in 1997 on the subject of glycosidase inhibitor design. After postdoctoral research at Leiden University (with Professor van Boom, on synthetic methodology) and Harvard Medical School (with Professor Ploegh, on proteolysis and antigen presentation), he became (2001) Full Professor in Bioorganic Chemistry at Leiden University. Since 2017 he combines his chemical biology research on proteases/immunity and glycosidases/glycobiology with managing, as Scientific Director, the Leiden Institute of Chemistry.

Prof. Dr. J.T. Pronk

Scientific Director Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation, group leader Industrial Microbiology, Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology

Jack Pronk (1963) holds an MSc from Leiden and a PhD from the TU Delft where, in 1999, he was appointed full professor in Industrial Microbiology. Jack loves teaching and, in 2014, received TU Delft’s “Leermeester” award. Jack’s research aims to understand and improve microbial performance in industry by integrating quantitative physiology, genomics, metabolic and evolutionary engineering. Jack (co)authored 240 scientific publications and 25 patent applications. His team’s research on biofuels production from agricultural residues has been commercialized by DSM. In 2016, he received an ERC Advanced Grant.

Prof. mr. C.J.J.M. Stolker

Rector Magnificus, Leiden University

Carel Stolker is Rector Magnificus and President of the Executive Board of Leiden University. He is also a Professor of Private Law. Stolker started his academic career in 1979 at Leiden University. In 1988 he obtained his PhD based on a comparative law dissertation on medical liability. He has written in national and international journals on diverse private law and philosophy of science topics. In 2014 he published Rethinking the Law School – Education, Research, Outreach & Governance.



Prof. Dr. J.H. de Winde

Vice Dean Faculty of Science, Leiden University

Han de Winde obtained an MSc in organic chemistry and biochemistry at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, and obtained a PhD in molecular biology at the University of Amsterdam. He was assistant professor at the Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Since April 2013 Han de Winde is vice dean, Faculty of Science, at Leiden University and Chair of Industrial Biotechnology at the Leiden Institute of Biology. His research focuses on microbial molecular genetics and metabolic engineering, specifically in the area of nutrient- and environment-induced signal transduction and control of physiology, growth and development of bacteria, yeast and fungi.